The World Health Organization is set to add “gaming disorder” to its list of illnesses.
The WHO said on Friday that the condition will be added to the updated version of the International Classification of Diseases, which will be released in mid-2018.
The organization defines the condition as one marked by impaired control over gaming. Gaming becomes such a priority that it takes precedence over everything else.
It says the disorder should be diagnosed when the behavioral pattern continues for at least 12 months.
Addiction to online gaming has become a global issue.
The trend has been fueled by the spread of smartphones and easier access to the Internet.
But the condition lacked a standardized definition, and there were no statistics.
The International Classification of Diseases is used to compare statistics on health and deaths globally. It is referenced by medical practitioners and researchers worldwide.
Observers say the listing of gaming disorder as a condition …